Lack of cash means no celebration for Chinese New Year

Daily Echo: Previous Chinese New Year celebrations in Southampton. Previous Chinese New Year celebrations in Southampton.

WITH music, dancers and a glittering dragon, it’s the annual event that fills the city with colour.

Every year thousands of people flock to Southampton to see in the Chinese New Year.

Lion dancers usually join jazz musicians, martial artists and Cantonese opera singers at the annual event.

But there will be no celebration this year.

The Chinese Association of Southampton, which organises the event, says it cannot afford to hold it due to a lack of cash, and it needs all its funds to keep the group going this year.

Previously it received money from Southampton City Council towards the costs, but that has been cut as the authority tries to make savings.

As a result, last year the group had to pay for it all itself, adding thousands to its annual costs.

Now it says it cannot afford to pay for the event this year and maintain its other activities in 2014.

The costs included paying for a stage and expenses for performers who come from across the south.

Association chairman Joe Hon said: “We have been lucky with funding in the past and we have been able to get enough money for the celebration, but the grounds for council funding have got stricter and there is less money to go around.”

He added: “We want to give ourselves a break financially and we need to start looking for new ideas for future events.

“We are already starting to think about what we can do next year.

“We’re working to get that money for next year and hoping some of the retailers will help us.”

But while a large-scale celebration of the Year of the Horse will not go ahead, the Waterside Lion Dance group, a regular performer at the celebration, said it will still hold the traditional Chinese lion dance.

The 15-minute display will take place outside WestQuay on Sunday.

Ricky Tang, who runs the group, said: “We’re doing it as a favour and because we’ve done it every year.

“We are a bit disappointed the main event isn’t taking place but we want to create an atmosphere and do our best.

“It’s Chinese New Year and we want children to see it, otherwise they will have to travel to Chinatown in London.”

Southampton City Council was unavailable to comment.

In place of the normal celebration, The Chinese Association of Southampton is holding a sold-out fundraising event at Kams Palace Chinese Restaurant in Park Gate on February 4, which Southampton mayor Cllr Ivan White will be attending.

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11:52am Wed 29 Jan 14

sotonboy84 says...

What else can you expect from Lett's and his useless Labour council – cutting the little amount of culture and heritage the city had and blaming it on Government cuts even though they have been aware of the cuts for the past few years.
What else can you expect from Lett's and his useless Labour council – cutting the little amount of culture and heritage the city had and blaming it on Government cuts even though they have been aware of the cuts for the past few years. sotonboy84

12:02pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?
Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding? bigfella777

12:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

justalice says...

why should tax payers continue to pay for an event they weren't even aware of let alone able to enjoy? I think it's a joke that I get crippling concil tax bills, emergency services are under funded but the council **** our money away on painted rhino statues and other such nonsense that is enjoyable for none of those paying for it because they're too busy working to take time to watch that
why should tax payers continue to pay for an event they weren't even aware of let alone able to enjoy? I think it's a joke that I get crippling concil tax bills, emergency services are under funded but the council **** our money away on painted rhino statues and other such nonsense that is enjoyable for none of those paying for it because they're too busy working to take time to watch that justalice

12:05pm Wed 29 Jan 14

S!monOn says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?
The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they.........
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?[/p][/quote]The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they......... S!monOn

1:19pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

S!monOn wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?
The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they.........
What lights? How much do you think they earned from all those pitches on the German Market? I remember this city at Christmas as a child, that's all.
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?[/p][/quote]The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they.........[/p][/quote]What lights? How much do you think they earned from all those pitches on the German Market? I remember this city at Christmas as a child, that's all. bigfella777

1:37pm Wed 29 Jan 14

FreemantleJamez says...

bigfella777 wrote:
S!monOn wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?
The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they.........
What lights? How much do you think they earned from all those pitches on the German Market? I remember this city at Christmas as a child, that's all.
I think its a real shame Southampton has no Christmas decorations these days when other towns and cities can manage them! All we get is a so called "German" market selling tat which takes up far too much space along Above Bar precinct!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?[/p][/quote]The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they.........[/p][/quote]What lights? How much do you think they earned from all those pitches on the German Market? I remember this city at Christmas as a child, that's all.[/p][/quote]I think its a real shame Southampton has no Christmas decorations these days when other towns and cities can manage them! All we get is a so called "German" market selling tat which takes up far too much space along Above Bar precinct! FreemantleJamez

1:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

S!monOn says...

bigfella777 wrote:
S!monOn wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?
The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they.........
What lights? How much do you think they earned from all those pitches on the German Market? I remember this city at Christmas as a child, that's all.
I'm going to stop here because you belong on a shelf in B&Q.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?[/p][/quote]The switching on of the Christmas lights and christmas tree don't count do they.........[/p][/quote]What lights? How much do you think they earned from all those pitches on the German Market? I remember this city at Christmas as a child, that's all.[/p][/quote]I'm going to stop here because you belong on a shelf in B&Q. S!monOn

1:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

derek james says...

most of the chinese i know are in the takeaway or restaurant business and have a string of properties they rent out, probably able to pay their own way
most of the chinese i know are in the takeaway or restaurant business and have a string of properties they rent out, probably able to pay their own way derek james

1:45pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Maine Lobster says...

It is the reality of the situation all local authorities find themselves in. Having to cut funding for these type of events is not preferable but a necessity when central government has cut council grants so savagely. If the Chinese community or any other cultural group wish to continue with these events, their business leaders may wish to chip in to help.
It is the reality of the situation all local authorities find themselves in. Having to cut funding for these type of events is not preferable but a necessity when central government has cut council grants so savagely. If the Chinese community or any other cultural group wish to continue with these events, their business leaders may wish to chip in to help. Maine Lobster

2:09pm Wed 29 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?
Yes we do.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?[/p][/quote]Yes we do. gilbertratchet

2:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

justalice wrote:
why should tax payers continue to pay for an event they weren't even aware of let alone able to enjoy? I think it's a joke that I get crippling concil tax bills, emergency services are under funded but the council **** our money away on painted rhino statues and other such nonsense that is enjoyable for none of those paying for it because they're too busy working to take time to watch that
I absolutely guarantee you that you benefit from things my taxes are paying for, which I myself do not enjoy. You're welcome.

It's called society. You can always opt out. Personally, I think we get a bargain.
[quote][p][bold]justalice[/bold] wrote: why should tax payers continue to pay for an event they weren't even aware of let alone able to enjoy? I think it's a joke that I get crippling concil tax bills, emergency services are under funded but the council **** our money away on painted rhino statues and other such nonsense that is enjoyable for none of those paying for it because they're too busy working to take time to watch that[/p][/quote]I absolutely guarantee you that you benefit from things my taxes are paying for, which I myself do not enjoy. You're welcome. It's called society. You can always opt out. Personally, I think we get a bargain. gilbertratchet

2:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

solomum says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?
Christmas Celebrations can be found in any of the many Churches in the City.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Well we don't get any Christmas celebrations so why should they get funding?[/p][/quote]Christmas Celebrations can be found in any of the many Churches in the City. solomum

6:00pm Wed 29 Jan 14

SOULJACKER says...

There will be no celebrations because it brings the community spirit out in people & what don't sOUTHAMPTON council not like.......that's right COMMUNITY?
I am sure they have all had their pay rises at the top & their trips to visit the 'EU' countries to help boost local trade etc...Laughable!
There will be no celebrations because it brings the community spirit out in people & what don't sOUTHAMPTON council not like.......that's right COMMUNITY? I am sure they have all had their pay rises at the top & their trips to visit the 'EU' countries to help boost local trade etc...Laughable! SOULJACKER

6:25pm Wed 29 Jan 14

THEKILLER says...

Would have caused a traffic jam anyway!!!!!
Would have caused a traffic jam anyway!!!!! THEKILLER

7:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bluecougar says...

Good, let them pay for their own New Year, I'm not chinese my New Year has already begun, maybe they could ask for money from the chinese community of which there are many of - the council should put money in to helping with more important things, and if people want it to continue because of a sense of community then put your hands in your pockets, I have zero interest in all of these festivities for other cultures and the money spent!
Good, let them pay for their own New Year, I'm not chinese my New Year has already begun, maybe they could ask for money from the chinese community of which there are many of - the council should put money in to helping with more important things, and if people want it to continue because of a sense of community then put your hands in your pockets, I have zero interest in all of these festivities for other cultures and the money spent! bluecougar

8:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Micle1974 says...

I'm no racist or anything like that but there are plenty of Chinese people in the area that could contribute?

What celebrations do we have in the city for our new year?? NONE

Maybe they should save some of the fireworks displays from mayflower park until 31st Dec
I'm no racist or anything like that but there are plenty of Chinese people in the area that could contribute? What celebrations do we have in the city for our new year?? NONE Maybe they should save some of the fireworks displays from mayflower park until 31st Dec Micle1974

8:48pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Art_Vandelay says...

I for one am disappointed that there will be no Chinese New Year celebration in Southampton. I wish them luck in finding a way to self-fund it so it can be back next year, it's one of the few events in Southampton that I look forward to.
I for one am disappointed that there will be no Chinese New Year celebration in Southampton. I wish them luck in finding a way to self-fund it so it can be back next year, it's one of the few events in Southampton that I look forward to. Art_Vandelay

9:00pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Quite Frankly says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
What else can you expect from Lett's and his useless Labour council – cutting the little amount of culture and heritage the city had and blaming it on Government cuts even though they have been aware of the cuts for the past few years.
Hopefully there will be no further cuts in education - as a result of cuts imposed by the Coalition Government - as you would clearly benefit from some.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: What else can you expect from Lett's and his useless Labour council – cutting the little amount of culture and heritage the city had and blaming it on Government cuts even though they have been aware of the cuts for the past few years.[/p][/quote]Hopefully there will be no further cuts in education - as a result of cuts imposed by the Coalition Government - as you would clearly benefit from some. Quite Frankly

9:24am Thu 30 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

Micle1974 wrote:
I'm no racist or anything like that but there are plenty of Chinese people in the area that could contribute?

What celebrations do we have in the city for our new year?? NONE

Maybe they should save some of the fireworks displays from mayflower park until 31st Dec
They do contribute, and we do have celebrations. Give up, stop trying to find things to be aggrieved about, check your privilege.
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: I'm no racist or anything like that but there are plenty of Chinese people in the area that could contribute? What celebrations do we have in the city for our new year?? NONE Maybe they should save some of the fireworks displays from mayflower park until 31st Dec[/p][/quote]They do contribute, and we do have celebrations. Give up, stop trying to find things to be aggrieved about, check your privilege. gilbertratchet

7:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mancjedi79 says...

justalice wrote:
why should tax payers continue to pay for an event they weren't even aware of let alone able to enjoy? I think it's a joke that I get crippling concil tax bills, emergency services are under funded but the council **** our money away on painted rhino statues and other such nonsense that is enjoyable for none of those paying for it because they're too busy working to take time to watch that
Get ur facts right before **** numbnut, the council didn't waste money on rhino status they was done by marwell zoo another auctioned off.
[quote][p][bold]justalice[/bold] wrote: why should tax payers continue to pay for an event they weren't even aware of let alone able to enjoy? I think it's a joke that I get crippling concil tax bills, emergency services are under funded but the council **** our money away on painted rhino statues and other such nonsense that is enjoyable for none of those paying for it because they're too busy working to take time to watch that[/p][/quote]Get ur facts right before **** numbnut, the council didn't waste money on rhino status they was done by marwell zoo another auctioned off. mancjedi79

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